Foodie Finds | Decaf Coffee, Pumpkin Pie Spice & Everything Nice

Now if you know me then you will know I am literally obsessed with Starbucks and coffee in general. But what I’m not obsessed with is the feeling of too much caffeine, especially with anxiety. Depending on how much I or anyone who struggles with anxiety has it can make it soar through the roof and not to mention cause insomnia and other problems. However, today my coffee lover friends all that changes!

While I was in Walmart (I know huge shock because I am an avid Target fan, but they weren’t open yet so Walmart it was) just looking for some powdered creamer, I came across not only the creamer I was looking for but my new best friends FOLGERS DECAF COFFEE CLASSIC ROAST and DELIGHT PUMPKIN PIE SPICE CREAMER! Like oh, my word how did I get so lucky today!? I have been trying to find Folger’s classic roast in decaf for a good year now and couldn’t find it on Amazon for my Keurig or in Target (God’s gift to shoppers). So I am so so excited that I don’t have to give up Folgers and since it is Fall I will definitely pumpkin pie spice it up every chance I get! Of course, as soon as I got home I dug into them and made myself a special decaf treat and it didn’t disappoint even if it came from hell…I mean Walmart. Here’s how I made my cup in no particular order:

  • 2 single cups of Delight Pumpkin Pie Creamer
  • 1 teaspoon of Folger’s Decaf Classic Roast
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar (I know that’s a lot, but hey there’s no judgment on this page)
  • 8 oz of hot water from my Keurig (not that that’s all that important, but you do need hot water – major key)

The end results….deliciousness and my personal heaven for my taste buds!

My thoughts on the creamer: I usually go with Coffeemate for my creamer, but this Delight one was really good and pure. It tastes like legitimate pumpkin spice and not that artificial mess they try to give you from brands that won’t be named. Overall I’m pleased with my purchases and will actually go to Walmart again *gasp*. What can I say I give credit where credit is due.

*Everything was purchased by me and all opinion and thoughts are, of course, my own 🙂

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Health & Fitness | The Chronicles of Anxiety Part 1

Y’all, I’m going to be super honest. My anxiety has been through the roof & the worst part is I can’t seem to find my medicine so what is there for me to do? Today I’m going to share some simple yet effective tips on how I’m making due without my old friend Klonopin (that is prescribed and not misused).

1. Watch what I eat

I have noticed that when I eat right or at least less processed foods my anxiety starts to decrease. I feel more energized and more comfortable. Yay! So eat your fruits and vegetables and whatever else is on the food pyramid that balance is good for you or at least it is for me! This doesn’t mean I don’t eat junk food, but it means I can tell when I’m eating a little too much of it. Also, drink plenty of water!

2. Exercise

I love to take out in a sprint when I have anxiety it raises your heart rate to where I forget I was anxious and of course releases endorphins that help me feel good and turn the anxiousness down. You can do any exercise you want though. At times I just take a walk or maybe a brisk walk if I don’t feel like running and guess what; it still works!

3. Deep breathing

My Apple Watch (series 3) is a champ at reminding me to do this. Breathing deeply helps you focus on something else and allows you to catch a breath. It also helps that my apple watch will show me what my heart rate is and keep track of my breathing throughout the day and I can turn this off when I want too. (Promise this is not sponsored)

4. Write

You don’t have to post it anywhere, but just writing your thoughts and feelings down can really help you get more in touch with yourself and ease your pain I mean anxiety. I always have a pen and paper or my notes open on hand so I can quickly jot down whatever and wherever I’m at, at that very moment. Use your tools! It doesn’t have to be a perfect moleskin, it can be anything! Just write!

5. Spend time doing fun things with those closest to me

This does the trick most of the time! Spending time with my best friends and family gets my mind off of myself and into the moment. For instance, this past Saturday Nicah and I bartended at a house party and the whole time I was in the moment just hanging out with her and making drinks for the party goers it didn’t dawn on me that I didn’t have my anxiety medicine or feel anxious. Get outside of yourself because sometimes being alone and getting deep in thought can make it worse if you haven’t gotten the tools down to handle it just yet. I haven’t so I know I need to have some social time, some deep breathing and all the other good things I’ve listed above. Please don’t isolate yourself!

6. Rest

Now this tip here is a major key! I don’t mean just sitting down I mean getting that sleep in Y’all! You need to really go to sleep and if you can’t try a natural substance like melatonin to help. I’ve added a link to it so you can read more about the great benefits and even side effects, but don’t let it freak you out that defeats the purpose. I take it only at times my anxiety is super high and I know I didn’t sleep well the night before because too much of a good thing is a bad thing. If you can get to sleep and a deep sleep at that without it then that is great! Keep up whatever you are doing and sleep, sleep, sleep!

Okay, rant is over and I hope these tips help you ease your anxiety like it does for me! Let me know if you try any of these tips or have in the past. Did it work? Did it not? I want to know 🙂 (Also this post is not sponsored I just put in links in case you want to check them out)

Foodie Finds | Sushi Box

Yesterday, I had the best time with one of my best friends, Nicah (Who is also an amazing photographer!). Every time we’re together we like to dine, and this time we picked somewhere new (shout out to Google)! Sushi Box is a sushi place located in Rockwall, TX and I highly recommend them to anyone that wants a new place to eat at or is visiting and loves some good sushi. It also helped that the waitress was nice and attentive and the whole place was spotless. I tried the tiger roll and Nicah had the rainbow roll which she also said was amazing!

Photo Credit: @LifeofNicah (follow her on Instagram)

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Foodie Finds | Denny’s Tres Leches Pancakes

This past rainy Saturday my family and I went to Denny’s. I must say they have really stepped their game up with the selection of plank cakes they have. IHOP take notes!

I ended up getting the tres leches pancakes which were oh so good! It is topped with horchata ice cream on warm fluffy cinnamon pancakes. I’m drooling just thinking about it! They then give you some warm milk to pour on top instead of syrup which was equally amazing.

I’ve got to say if you haven’t gone to Denny’s lately or don’t like it; these pancakes will change your mind!

Health & Fitness | Barre

If I told you I was this super fitness type of girl who only ate the healthiest of things I would be lying. However, I do enjoy a good run and being active when I’m in the mood and that is about 0 to 3 times a week. My newest craze is going into classes such as barre and feeling the burn there instead of just jogging in intervals around my neighborhood or hitting the gym.

Barre (pronounced bar) is a workout that incorporates ballet, aerobics, and yoga all in one so last night I had the dumbells and the bands, but during another class on a similar day, we may just stick to the dancing side of things. It’s a really good way to spice things up and tone up while you’re doing it.

Admittedly I stumbled across this by googling studios and what the latest workout craze was some this time last year and fell upon barre and with that, I fell in love. It honestly is worth a try whether you’re in tip-top shape or eating potato chips on the couch is your workout of choice (I don’t blame you sister) anyone can and will enjoy barre. So find you a studio or go on Pinterest and find a nice at home regimen to do and let me know how you like it! I personally go to the Sunstone FItness locations, but I promise you I’m not sponsored at least not yet 🙂

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Health & Fitness | Morning Go Green Smoothie

Now I know what you’re thinking…another blogger on the green smoothie kick and yes you are right, but please per usual hear me out! This green smoothie doesn’t taste yucky even with just a touch of fruit and I’m here to share my personal recipe. There’s nothing like starting your morning out with some cucumber, baby spinach and mango so here is how to make all of those ingredients work.

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First, you want to put two handfuls of baby spinach and pack it down in that blender. It sounds like a lot of green, but trust me it will be worth it. Spinach is packed full of nutrients such as vitamins A and E, protein, fiber, zinc, thiamin, calcium, and iron. So go ahead and get your Popeye on!

Second, get some organic frozen mangoes when possible and just add about a cup. That should do. Mangoes are not only naturally sweet they also have a punch of nutrients like vitamins A, B6, E, and K. They also have potassium, iron, copper and so much more!

Third, you want to finish by chopping up half of a cucumber and adding a cup of milk or liquid of choice. For this recipe, I used vanilla almond milk. This was the final result:

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Morning Go Green Smoothie Recipe:

2 Handfuls of Baby Spinach (Packed Tight)
1/2 Cucumber (Chopped)
1 Cup Organic Frozen Mangoes or Fruit of Choice
1/2 – 1 Cup of Vanilla Almond Milk or Liquid of Choice
Ice (Optional)

And there you have it a quick, yummy green smoothie to go in the morning 🙂

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